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There is a world of difference between an original piece of vintage furniture, and a modern copy of the same item. The former will be a reflection of its era but, since good workmanship stands the test of time, it should still look stylish and may even seem surprisingly modern. The latter, though it may be made from modern materials and nod to current fashion, runs the risk of looking merely old-fashioned and dated.
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A set of new ‘masterclasses’ that aim to help the voluntary and community sector (VCS) to secure public sector contracts were announced by the Cabinet Office last week.
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The Social Mobility Strategy is facing a gale-force headwind
The Big Lottery Fund (BLF) and the Institute for Government (IfG) are entering into a partnership to build links between civil servants and the frontline workers who deliver services to vulnerable people.
The prime minister’s plan to scrap Equality Impact Assessments (EIAs) is “very worrying,” according to Mencap, the charity for people with learning disabilities.
Two new Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) and a Social Outcomes Fund were launched by the Cabinet Office on 23 November.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport last week appointed members of a steering group to oversee the government’s review of the Public Sector Equality Duty, which requires all public sector bodies to ensure that their policy delivery and internal processes do not discriminate against any groups.
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Arriving at Stockholm’s Cityterminalen bus station in November, the visitor’s initial impressions are that it seems a quiet, grey sort of a place, but that perhaps it holds a few hidden treasures.
Breaking the cycle of welfare dependence is a complex task. Approaching the issue in a more scientific manner can pay dividends, the Department for Work and Pensions’ social justice director explains to Joshua Chambers
The Big Lottery Fund gives away millions of pounds to boost good causes in the UK. Chief executive Peter Wanless tells Tim Fish why he wants to work more closely with Whitehall, and how the fund can help the public sector
The proportion of women taking new public appointments is “not good enough”, public appointments commissioner Sir David Normington has said.
Helping charities deliver public services can be challenging work, says one professional at the public-voluntary sector interface.
Digital technology offers tremendous opportunities for people of all ages. Being able to buy groceries or access a huge amount of information at the click of a button is fantastic, as is the ability to keep in touch with loved ones via email, video link and social media. However, although the opportunities offered online are immense, there are real challenges for some when it comes to getting digitally connected in the first place.
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The Olympics Secretariat brought together reps from about 20 government bodies, forming a single team to manage the Games. Tim Fish investigates the complex team established to manage a very complex project.
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About 2m households will receive less housing benefit under plans by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to save £2.3bn by 2014-15, the National Audit Office (NAO) says today.